Laurent Blanc has just announced the list of players who ply their trade abroad in terms of club football and who he has selected in his initial list of players to go to the Euros in Ukraine/Poland this summer.
As well as Hatem, international regular Yohan Cabaye is of course also selected.
In the coming days Blanc will name the players he is including who play French club football, then pick his final squad from the combined group of players.
It is all very enigmatic as Blanc appears to have made clear that certain players will know they are definitely going and indeed all of the list could be going, I suppose you can definitely say he is keeping his options open.
However, at his press conference Blanc went out of his way to talk about our French genius and it would appear that Ben Arfa is one of those who are almost certain to be going.
“I spent two or three phone calls, I saw him do his rehabilitation work. It has been slow to return, to rebuild himself physically. His talent is still there, and it will always be there. I think he has reached a new level , he has also progressed collectively”.
Blanc also made clear where he sees Ben Arfa;s place in his team/squad, “If you take into account his best qualities, he is a striker“.
Ben Arfa has been included alongside, amongst others – Benzema & Nasri, the two other players of the so called golden generation of French football that hasn’t quite done the business internationally yet.
Défenseurs: Clichy, Evra, Kaboul, Koscielny, Mexès, Rami.
Milieux: Cabaye, Malouda, Nasri.
Attaquants: Ben Arfa, Ribéry, Benzema.
In France it has been Hatem Ben Arfa who has been at the centre of all the attention and in respected French publication L’Equipe they had a poll asking whether Ben Arfa should be included in the Euro 2012 squad and a massive 95% of the French public voted yes!